Name of Object:

Ceiling, custom-made for Shangri La's living room


Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States of America

Holding Institution:

Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

 About Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, Hawai'i

Date of Object:

Hegira 1355 / AD 1937

Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Wood (cedar); painted, gilded, varnished


Overall: 1437 x 726.4 cm




The living room ceiling at Shangri La was custom-made by Moroccan artisans working under the supervision of the Rabat-based firm S.A.L.A.M. René Martin. It is carved, painted, and gilded throughout. The central field features recessed octagrams in interlocking, knotted niches, predominantly orange and brown in tone. The bottommost border consists of a moulded plaster frieze of floral motifs in an arcade repeated throughout.

Citation of this web page:

"Ceiling, custom-made for Shangri La's living room" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;us;5;en

MWNF Working Number: US2 042